Items by Charles Finn

At ease by a creek in the wilderness
At ease by a creek in the wilderness
Don’t call the desert empty
Don’t call the desert empty
The greatest misconception about Western deserts is that they’re vacant.
On being away from my primal landscape
On being away from my primal landscape
It was no secret I didn’t want to leave the West.
Sippings of memory: a review of "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do"
Sippings of memory: a review of "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do"
"100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do," Kim Stafford’s memoir of his brother’s suicide, is more heartwarming than depressing
Winter: an encore edition
Winter: an encore edition
The author celebrates the (temporary) return of winter in Montana
The beauty of the wood pile
The beauty of the wood pile
A fresh-chopped mountain of wood is the prettiest site in the world.
Taking my chances in grizzly country
Taking my chances in grizzly country
Meeting wilderness on its own terms, without bear spray
Bucking the stereotypes: A review of West of 98
Bucking the stereotypes: A review of West of 98
The anthology West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West assembles the thoughts of 67 Western writers.
West to East, and a world away
West to East, and a world away
After 20 years in the West he loves, a writer is forced to move back East.
Wolf on a picnic table
Wolf on a picnic table
Is a more-or-less trained and captive wolf anything at all like a truly wild wolf?
Stories like a bale unrolling: a review of Conjugations of the Verb To Be
Stories like a bale unrolling: a review of Conjugations of the Verb To Be
Glen Chamberlain's short stories bring to life the people of a fictional Montana town.
A house like a buffalo
A house like a buffalo
A lover of old Western architecture spends his days dismantling and recycling tumbledown buildings.
Whatever I do, it's probably wrong
Whatever I do, it's probably wrong
An author's harrowing journey through the grocery store, and a wide range of emotions.
Gone geese
Charles Finn has had the carcass of a Canada goose in the back of his pickup for a week, pondering its life and death as he drives through the Montana winter.
In the presence of stones
Charles Finn discovers a place of power, inside a circle of stones.
They don’t have to shoot horses
At the Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Montana, blind horses, dogs and cats find a second chance.
Watching with wonder a parliament of snowy owls
The writer spends time watching snowy owls
When hungry bears drop in for lunch
The author's cabin one fall attracted a family of super-hungry bears
The beginning of everywhere, as seen on Lolo Peak
The writer climbs to Lolo Peak and finds it the center of everything — without the ski area, golf courses and condos proposed by a developer
The common beauty of a spring day
A spring day in Montana leads to an encounter with sandhill cranes, and with beauty